I have mentioned coining the phrase Visual Catalogue. It is the mental file of things we have seen.
The horses I paint or the human bodies I paint are often from memory. They are just sitting and waiting for me to remember them. They want me to give them a trip out into the world by way of paintbrush and canvas. These memories are the elements in my Visual Catalogue.
There is also Visual Chaos. It is the detritus that covers counters, studios, desks, and floors and keeps one from moving forward. Being a visual person and a neatnik I cannot work when there is a mess about.
Before I fix a meal I have to clean up the kitchen. That sounds counterproductive I know.
Before I can take out the paint and make little spots of color on a palette I have to clean up the studio. To put paint on a canvas? I know.
But then, there is no distraction.
I was told once that a real artist could work in any environment. That negates the fact that artists are human, therefore unique in their approach. So to my friends who can work in what I call chaos, “more power to you”. I just cannot work that way. I suppose it is the feeling that things are out of control.
It is time to get a little control and get to the easel.
A side note to the folks in the northeast who are trying to survive in the chaos hopefully there will be more power to you too. You are in our prayers.